Michael Innes – Appleby and Honeybath (1983)


Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Just the Facts Category: Where — In a locked room
Cloak and Dagger Challenge #91
Date Finished: June 26, 2018

When Charles Honeybath visits a country house in order to paint the portrait of its owner, accompanied by Sir John and Lady Appleby for no discernible reason, he complicates things by finding a dead body in the seldom-used library. Complicating things even more is that the body disappears from a locked room before he is able to show the body to anybody else. Various guests at the house may have had a motive in exploring the library, but was Honeybath just imaging the body?

The locked room business is quickly explained away, despite that being the one interesting thing about this mystery, in which even the death turns out to have been a natural one. If you thought Appleby was boring before, he is even more so in retirement. Honeybath had his own brief mystery series by Innes, but he is virtually indistinguishable from Appleby. In the end Appleby just declares who did it, with no supporting clues.

Just the Facts Silver Card 2018-06-26b

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